Caleb Williams is well known for his athletic talents. The USC Trojan starting quarterback is going to be the savior of whichever team can tank the hardest to get him in the 2024 NFL Draft, but there’s more to know about the young man, such as his ethnicity and background.

Caleb Williams’ Background

Where does Williams get his athleticism and striking good looks?

The USC QB is of mixed ethnicity. His father, Carl Williams, is African-American, while his mother, Dayne Price, is assumed to be of Hispanic descent. However, on the QB’s official website, he is described as African American and Native American.

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Nationality-wise, the USC quarterback is American. He was raised as the only child of Williams and Price in our nation’s capital, Washington, D.C.

Growing up, the future Trojan attended Gonzaga College High School in D.C., a private Jesuit Catholic all-boys school. Despite being such a small school, Gonzaga produces many professional athletes.

This was likely important to Williams and his parents. The QB’s father and mother were athletes in their own right in college.

His father was a college football player at Oklahoma State, and Price was a multi-sport athlete, playing volleyball and basketball at the University of Maryland, College Park.

The family business was also in athletics. Williams’ parents established the Athletic Republic in the Capitol Region of D.C.

Williams’ Focus on Athletics Paid Off

William’s parents’ mix of athletic genes and focus on sports when the QB was a child paid off.

The USC Trojan was awarded the Heisman Trophy in 2022 as a sophomore in his first year as the Southern California quarterback.

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In just his second year as a signal-caller, Williams threw 4,075 yards and possessed a passing percentage of 66.1%, a QB rating of 167.94, 37 TDs, and just four interceptions. He averaged over 300 passing yards per game.

This is the Trojans’ seventh Heisman trophy in the history of the program. His name joins a few other well-known football players, like Mike Garrett in 1965, OJ Simpson in 1968, Charles White in 1979, Marcus Allen in 1981, Carson Palmer in 2002, and Matt Leinart in 2004.

Is Williams Entering the NFL in 2024?

The QB’s father was candid in an interview with GQ when he was quoted as saying:

“The funky thing about the NFL draft process is, he’d almost be better off not being drafted than being drafted first. The system is completely backward. The way the system is constructed, you go to the worst possible situation. The worst possible team, the worst organization in the league — because of their desire for parity — gets the first pick. So it’s the gift and the curse.”

Williams’ dad is looking out for him, letting GQ know that if the draft situation isn’t favorable for his son, the USC quarterback can return to college in 2024.

Will he, or won’t he, enter the 2024 NFL draft? Only time will tell.

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